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D.I.Y. Tea Tasting Journal

Heather Edwards

Why a tea journal? It makes it so easy to refer back to your favorite teas, remind you where you bought them, and give you ideas for gifting tea-loving friends or family. Yes, you could use Excel or any other spreadsheet software to keep your tasting notes. But doesn’t that defeats the charm, and intimacy, of the tea experience?

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Culture Tea Vow of Chastity

Tea Vow of Chastity

Arizona Buddhist Militia

We are on a mission to rescue tea from the cult of exoticism, decadence, and habit. Previous revolutions in tea have had their day, but we find ourselves now in an age of idle chatter and soggy grounds. The following dogma is not intended as a set of universal rules, nor is it the truth of tea, nor a new way to judge others. Rather, the "Vow of Chastity" is a self-imposed exercise in restraint.

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History Equal Opportunity Beverage

Equal Opportunity Beverage

Wendy Rasmussen

Tea has a colorful history. As we all know it is an ancient beverage, whose healthful benefits have been enjoyed for thousands of years. It's also true that almost every culture has its own tea-based etiquette and methodology for serving.

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History A Nice Cup of Tea

A Nice Cup of Tea

George Orwell

When I look through my own recipe for the perfect cup of tea, I find no fewer than eleven outstanding points. On perhaps two of them there would be pretty general agreement, but at least four others are acutely controversial. Here are my own eleven rules, every one of which I regard as golden...

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Health & Beauty How 'Bout a Nice Cuppa' Pill?

How 'Bout a Nice Cuppa' Pill?

Ric Rhinehart

The last few years have been chock full of news regarding tea and health. A variety of studies point towards a broad range of potential health benefits associated with the regular consumption of tea. Tea producers and marketers have gleefully begun to exploit the news to promote tea drinking as a healthy habit.

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Enjoyment Great Tea: An Endangered Species

Great Tea: An Endangered Species

Wendy Rasmussen

If I told you there was a shortage of tea in the world wouldn't you be surprised? Well, most people would be, after all the local supermarket still has plenty of tidy cartons lining the shelves. But sadly, it is true. The availability of truly great teas is decreasing for a couple of reasons.

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History Tea and the Guillotine

Tea and the Guillotine

Karen Burns

Along with the heads of Louis XVI and his queen Marie Antoinette, another casualty of the French Revolution was tea. Yes, really. It's a little known fact, but after its introduction to Europe in the 17th century tea was tremendously popular in France.

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History All the Tea in China

All the Tea in China

Bridget D. Farrell

We're still impressed when a person will not give something up "for all the tea in China." Recent times, however, have made this amount less impressive than in the past. In the twenty five years since the Chinese government reformed agriculture on the mainland, tea production has suffered in both quantity and quality.

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History Women's Place in Tea History

Women's Place in Tea History

Eve Hill

Like much of written history, the history of women's roles in tea commerce have often been downplayed. Other than the frequently repeated tale of Anna, Duchess of Bedford, conceiving the idea of afternoon tea in England, most of us don't think about the feminine contribution to the tea business.

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History The Origins of Indian Tea

The Origins of Indian Tea

Jane Pettigrew

Long before the commercial production of tea started in India in the late 1830s, the tea plant was growing wild in the jungles of north east Assam. In 1598, a Dutch traveller, Jan Huyghen van Linschoten, noted in a book about his adventures that the Indians ate the leaves as a vegetable with garlic and oil and boiled the leaves to make a brew...

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History A 'Mariage' Made in Heaven

A 'Mariage' Made in Heaven

Karen Burns

If you love tea and you find yourself in Paris, sooner or later (probably sooner) you'll make your way to the most fabulous French tearoom of all: Mariage Frères. There you'll be dazzled by the selection of more than 500 teas, the colonial décor of potted palms and natural rattan, the handsome waiters all in white, and the extensive menu of quiches, salads, cakes and scones, many flavored with tea.

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Drinks & Eats Cooking with Tea

Cooking with Tea

Diana Rosen

Cooking with tea is as old as the history of tea itself. Fruits and spices continue their historical position of flavor enhancers for tea as a beverage and in cooking: Lychee or osmanthus (an orange relative) in Chinese teas; cherry in Japanese greens; garam masala, the heady combination of aromatics such as cardamom, cinnamon, black pepper, clove, nutmeg, and lemongrass, in east Indian teas.

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Culture Tea and Superstition

Tea and Superstition

Jane Pettigrew

The most ordinary objects and foods are often associated with all sorts of everyday superstitions, and tea is no exception. All sorts of events and behavior to do with tea drinking are thought to bring bad or good luck.

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Drinks & Eats Pairing Teas with Foods

Pairing Teas with Foods

Diana Rosen

Exploring the world of connoisseur-level teas is as intoxicating as that other beverage: Wine. For wine lovers, the current fashion is not to insist that whites pair up with poultry nor drink only reds with meat. This has led to many adventuresome pairings and new taste sensations.

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Culture Zen & Leaves: Japanese Tea Ceremony

Zen & Leaves: Japanese Tea Ceremony

Jane Pettigrew

A Japanese cup of tea is, in fact, a quiet interlude during which host and guests strive for spiritual refreshment and harmony with the universe. The Japanese Tea Ceremony captures all the elements of Japanese philosophy and artistic beauty, and interweaves four principles - harmony (with people and nature), respect (for others), purity (of heart and mind), and tranquility.

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History

History of the Tea Strainer

Samantha Albala

Documentation of tea tools such as the tea strainer appear in ancient history, the earliest models were likely made of bamboo, and later evolved into stainless steel, sterling silver, china, porcelain, silicon, and linen. However, using a tea tool to keep run away tea leaves out of a cup did not become a cited use of the strainer until the 17th century when Dutch merchants made tea more readily available to those outside of the Chinese dynasty.

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Health & Beauty

Yoga Break 9: Out Like a Lion

Natasha Nesic

“March comes in like a lion, and goes out like a lamb.” It’s at this time of the year that we must say, “Screw it,” and stick our tongues out at the melancholy of the world. So, forget lambs. We’re sending March out like lions! March is no match for your Matcha...

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